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Professional Status of Infectious Disease Specialists in Korea: A Nationwide Survey

Authors
 Bongyoung Kim  ;  Byung Wook Eun  ;  Eunjung Lee  ;  Tae Hyong Kim  ;  Suyeon Park  ;  Se Yoon Park 
Citation
 JOURNAL OF KOREAN MEDICAL SCIENCE, Vol.37(47) : e320, 2022-12 
Journal Title
JOURNAL OF KOREAN MEDICAL SCIENCE
ISSN
 1011-8934 
Issue Date
2022-12
MeSH
Adult ; Child ; Communicable Diseases* / epidemiology ; Cross-Sectional Studies ; Humans ; Republic of Korea / epidemiology ; Specialization* ; Surveys and Questionnaires
Keywords
Adult ; Infectious Disease Specialists ; Korea ; Pediatrics ; Professional Development ; Workforce
Abstract
Background: Infectious disease (ID) specialists are skilled facilitators of medical consultation who promote better outcomes in patient survival, antibiotic stewardship as well as healthcare safety in pandemic response. This study aimed to assess the working status of ID specialists and identify problems faced by ID professionals in Korea.

Methods: This was a nationwide cross-sectional study in Korea. An online-based survey was conducted over 11 days (from December 17-27, 2020), targeting all active adult (n = 281) and pediatric (n = 71) ID specialists in Korea (N = 352). Questions regarding the practice areas of the specialists were divided into five categories: 1) clinical practices of outpatient care, inpatient care, and consultations; 2) infection control; 3) antibiotic stewardship; 4) research; and 5) education and training. We investigated the weekly time-use patterns for these areas of practice.

Results: Of the 352 ID specialists, 195 (55.4%; 51.2% [144/281] adult and 71.8% [51/71] pediatric ID specialists) responded in the survey. Moreover, 144 (73.8%) of the total respondents were involved in all practice categories investigated. The most common practice area was outpatient service (93.8%), followed by consultation (91.3%) and inpatient service (87.7%). Specialists worked a median of 61 (interquartile range: 54-71) hours weekly: patient care, 29 (14-37) hours; research 11 (5-19) hours; infection control 4 (2-10) hours; antibiotic stewardship, 3 (1-5) hours; and education/training, 2 (2-6) hours.

Conclusion: ID specialists in Korea simultaneously undertake multiple tasks and work long hours, highlighting the need for training and employing more ID specialists.
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DOI
10.3346/jkms.2022.37.e320
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6. Others (기타) > Others (기타) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Park, Se Yoon(박세윤)
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/193215
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